"We do not remember days, we remember moments." Cesare Pavese

Friday, June 23, 2017

summer coffee lover's blog hop...

Hey!!  Happy summer!!  Are you hopping along with the Summer Coffee Lover's blog hop???  I am even though I'm not a coffee drinker!!  Lately my drink of choice has been a London Fog tea latte... super yummy!!  Anyway... I do like joining in on the Coffee Lover's blog hop fun as it gives me an opportunity to get out the coffee/tea related stamps and dies that I own!  Today I combined stamps and dies from two of the sponsors for the hop:  Clearly Whimsy Stamps and A Jillian Vance Design.  I used the current Fusion challenge to create my card.  I put together the sketch with the inspiration photo and created a patriotic cup of coffee!!   And since I used patterned paper for my little coffee cup I will also be adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   I stamped the cup with red ink and then die cut it with the matching die.  The top of the cup and the wrap were die cut from this fun patriotic patterned paper that I found in my stash.   Did some second generation stamping using the coffee ring image from the AJVD But First Coffee stamp set and then added the sentiment (from the same set) using red ink.   

Have a wonderful day... and happy hopping!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white and red; Patterned paper:  Bo Bunny??; Stamps:  Clearly Whimsy, A Jillian Vance Design; Dies:  Clearly Whimsy and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Hero Arts and My Favorite Things

Thursday, June 22, 2017

you're swell...

Hey!!  Summer is here, the boys are out of school and that means spending time with them is a priority, but  I did get a bit of crafty time and made a card for a couple of challenges.   Recently got some happy mail from Reverse Confetti and used my new things to create my card for their June Sketch for You to Try.  I'm going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use patterned paper, as well.  I cut the Reverse Confetti quick card panel into three pieces and adhered to a white cardstock panel.  The tag (from Reverse Confetti) was die cut from white cardstock and the overlay (another RC die) was cut from another RC quick card then the two where adhered together.  I used another quick card to die cut the circle.  The whale was stamped and die cut with the matching die.  Finished up by stamping the sentiment, die cutting with the matching die and then layering everything up.  A twine bow finished everything off.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white and aqua; Stamps:  Reverse Confetti; Dies:  Reverse Confetti and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Hero Arts and VersaFine; Twine:  Stampin Up!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd!

Hello friends!!  Popping to let you know that I have a post up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card:

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

final guest post for precious remembrance shop

Hi friends!!  Stopping in to let you know that my final guest post is up over on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog.  I have had a lot of fun guesting with PRS!  I hope you will take the time to head over to the blog for a look at my card!

Friday, June 16, 2017

more camp create!

Have a couple more card for MFT's camp create.  The first card is for the shaker challenge (day 3).  Shaker cards were always a problem for me, but when Stampin Up! came out with foam adhesive strips that are perfect for making shakers I started to become more comfortable making them.  I combined the day 3 challenge with the current MFT sketch challenge to create my card.  The colors are from the current Color Throw Down.  I created my shaker element by using two of the smaller Jumbo Fishtail Flag Stax dies to cut the frame.  The larger die was then used to cut the acetate window.  After layering all of the elements on the main panel I adhered the acetate window and the foam adhesive strips to the shaker frame, poured some sequins into the center of the circle and then adhered the frame.   I die cut the sweet MFT rose die from green and navy cardstock, adhered it to the shaker element.  The sentiment from Geometric Greenery was embossed on vellum in black, die cut with an MFT Fishtail Flag Stax die and adhered.




The second card is for the bonus challenge of dry embossing.  I love embossing with my dies, but always forget to use the technique.  Then I have remember all over again what my sandwich is for embossing with dies!!  I used an older MFT vine die to emboss the white cardstock and then die cut it with the MFT Inside Outside rectangle die.   The little flowers (from the Mini Modern Blooms set) were stamped in the current colors from the MFT color challenge, die cut and adhered.  The panel was adhered to a light gray cardstock panel and then to a white cardstock base.  The sentiment is from Geometric Greenery and was stamped on a little banner that was die cut with a Fishtail Flag Stax die.  Super simple.  Going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of embossing.  Hoping to be back with a card for the Camp Create glitter challenge.  

Have a wonderful day.

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, MFT blue and green; SSS fog, SU! aqua, kraft, vellum; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Ink:  Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Stampin Up!, VersaMark; Sequins:  Impress Rubber Stamps

Thursday, June 15, 2017

MFT Camp Create

Hello!! Stopping in with a couple of cards for MFT's Camp Create that is going on this week.  First up is a card for the day two challenge to use the resist technique.  I used the MFT Geometric along with my Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide inks.  I arranged the leaves on my MISTI and then stamped then using watermark ink.  I applied clear embossing powder and heat set.  Once that was done I used an ink blending tool to apply the inks making sure to wipe off any ink from the embossed images.  The panel was splattered with water and die cut once it was dry.  I embossed two leaves on white cardstock, did some ink blending with the same colors and then die cut with the matching dies.  The sentiment from Geometric Greenery was heat embossed in black on vellum, trimmed down and then adhered with the two leaves.  Going to add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of embossing.
The second card is for the day one challenge of  watercoloring.  I decided to create a galaxy watercolor background.  When I finished the card I wasn't super thrilled with the background, but as it dried I liked it more and more.   I stamped the stars from the MFT set Stars Above in VersaFine Onyx Black before applying all of my colors.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors for the panel.  Once it was dry I die cut it down and added splatters of white pain for the stars.   As I was deciding how to finish off the card I remembered that MFT design team member Stephanie shared a technique on the Ellen Hutson blog for how to emboss on glitter cardstock so I decided to give it a try.  It is super easy using MFT's glitter cardstock.  I used silver with black embossing powder.  The star was then die cut with the matching die.  The sentiment was embossed on vellum in black, die cut with an MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax die and then adhered along with the star.  

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock: white; MFT tropical teal and silver glitter, Ranger watercolor, vellum; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  Ranger, VersaMark and VersaFine; Embossing powder:  clear and black; Watercolor medium:  Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd...

Happy Wednesday... stopping by to let you know that my Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a peek:
Today happens to be Jillian's birthday and in honor of that AJVD is having a sale... YAY!!  You can save 18% off of your order of $18.00 or more!!! (Does not apply to items in the 50% off category.)   Happy shopping and have a wonderful day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

super awesome...

Hello!!!  Been awhile since I last posted... been crazy busy with my boy's graduation.   It was awesome, but I'm so happy (and so is he!) that it is over and things can get back to normal!  After my son's graduation party on Sunday I finally got a chance to make a couple of cards.  This one is for the current MFT sketch challenge (which is closing in just a few hours!!) and the current MFT color challenge.  I pulled out the MFT Flashy Florals set to create my flower and leaves.  I was a little worried about using the blue and plum colors for the leaves, but I really like how it turned out.  I think using the neutral gray helps keep things from getting too crazy.  The gray was die cut with the MFT Stitched Mini Scallop rectangle die and the banner with an MFT Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax die.  The sentiment is from the MFT Amazing stamp set.  I used one of my favorite ways to add a sentiment by embossing it on vellum.  I love how the vellum allows the colors to peek through!   I'm also going to add this to the current Flower challenge of anything goes.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white - PTI, light gray - Simon Says Stamp; Stamps and Dies:  My Favorite Things; Inks:  My Favorite Things and Stampin Up!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

its wednesday... it must be ajvd!

Hello!!  It's Wednesday and that means I have a post up over on the AJVD blog today.  Below is a little peek of my card.

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

guesting at precious remembrance shop...

Hey... stopping in to let you know that I have a post up over on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today.  I hope you will hop over for a look!!  Here is a little peek of my card.   Have a great day!!


Monday, June 5, 2017

as you graduate...

Hello!!  Quick post of a card that I made for my friend's daughter who graduated this last weekend.   I combined the beautiful floral image from PTI's Garden Grace with a sentiment from a stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs called appropriately... As You Graduate.  I used my mini MISTI to stamp the floral image.  Because the die that matches the large floral image from Garden Grace is not open in the middle, but solid I had to die cut the piece first.  I then use some repositionable adhesive on the back so that I could have it stay in place as I did the stamping and it worked like a charm!!  I trimmed down a panel of white cardstock and stamped the sentiment off to one side.  A strip of gold glitter cardstock was adhered to my card base and then I attached the panel and the floral piece.   I think I will add this to the current Flower challenge of anything goes.   I'm also going to add this to the current Time Out challenge to be inspired by a quote.

Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white; gold glitter; Stamps:  PaperTrey Ink and Our Daily Bread Design; Dies:  PaperTrey Ink; Inks:  Stampin Up!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

grateful for you...

Hello!!   I have another card to share.  This one is for Color Throwdown and CAS(E) this Sketch.  When I saw the color palette at Color Throwdown I had to play along!  Who doesn't love pink, navy and gold???  I pulled out a pretty old Stampin Up! set called Fresh Vintage and did some collage stamping using the pink and navy.  Once that was done I die cut the word grateful (from the PTI set Especially for You) from gold glitter and white cardstock and adhered together.  I placed the die cut approximately where I wanted it so I could stamp the "for you" sentiment (form Especially for You) in navy ink.  I then die cut my stamped panel with the  largest die from PTI Mix and Mat Herringbone die set and adhered that to a light gray cardstock base.   The word was adhered along with some small gold Pretty Pink Posh sequins.   Super simple, but I love how it turned out!  Going to add this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.


Have a wonderful day...

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, light gray and gold glitter; Stamps:  Stampin Up! and PaperTrey Ink; Dies:  PaperTrey Ink; Inks:  Stampin Up! Pink Pirouette and Midnight Muse; Pretty Pink Posh gold sequins

Friday, June 2, 2017

congrats!

Happy weekend everyone!! Stopping in with a graduation card that I made for one of my dearest friend's son. He graduates this weekend and will soon be enlisting in the United States Air Force so I went with a stars and red, white and blue theme.  The layout is from the current MFT sketch challenge.   I die cut the word congrats from red and blue cardstock and adhered the blue offset behind the red word.  A blue star was die cut using the Stars Above die set from My Favorite Things and then stamped with one of the images from the Stars Above stamp set using blue ink.  I adhered the star and then the sentiment to a panel of white cardstock.  Small stars were die cut from red and blue cardstock and then stamped with the corresponding star using red and blue inks.  To set things off I adhered the panel to a gray cardstock base.  Super simple, but I think the perfect card for a young man graduating and heading off to serve our country!!  I'm also posting this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of anything goes.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white, SSS fog, SU! navy and red; Stamps:  My Favorite Things; Dies:  My Favorite Things and Simon Says Stamp; Inks:  Stampin Up!





Wednesday, May 31, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  And since it is Wednesday that means my usual Wednesday post is up on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek:

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

and the winner is!!

Hey!!  I almost forgot that I would be announcing the winner of the Precious Remembrance Shop Coffee Love stamp set today and that winner is.... Denise Bryant!!!   Denise please contact me with your mailing information and I will have Dyane at PRS get your set out to you.   

Sunday, May 28, 2017

two cards to share...

Hello!!!  Got a couple of cards to share today.  First up is a card for the current Essentials by Ellen pin-sights challenge.  I pulled out Mondo Peonies and embossed the largest flower on watercolor paper using platinum embossing powder.   I checked the color palette for the pin-sights challenge and pulled out the light purple color for my flower.  I used a light purple ZIG and did some simple watercoloring.  Once the flower was mostly dry I trimmed it out with my scissors.  Since the flower wasn't completely dry when it was trimmed out as it finished drying it curled up a bit which looks really pretty in real life.   The layout is based on the sketch at Fab Friday.   I partially embossed the top portion of my white cardstock piece before layering on a strip of light blue vellum and a strip of gold glitter cardstock.  The flower was then layered on top to finish.  I thought about a sentiment but decided to put one on the inside at a later date and just let the flower be the star of the show.  I think I will also post this to the current Time Out challenge.


The second card is for the current MFT sketch challenge, as well as the current MFT color challenge.  I will admit to having a bit of trouble figuring out how to use the colors in the MFT palette, but finally came up with this card.  I pulled out the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set and stamped the butterflies using the Orange Fizz and Persimmon colors.   The frame was die cut from Grout Gray cardstock using my Spellbinders square dies.   The top panel was watercolored using a two blue ZIGs and then trimmed down with a border die once the panel was dry.   I attached the panel with some removable adhesive so I could get the sentiment from the You Give Me Butterflies stamp set in the right spot and stamped on the card base.  I then attached the panel, the frame and the butterflies.  I finished things off with some Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze.



Have a wonderful day!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, SSS fog; MFT grout gray, Ranger watercolor, light blue vellum, MFT gold glitter; Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things; Dies:  Spellbinders, A Jillian Vance Design; Nuvo Jewel Drops; Inks:  MFT Orange Fizz, PTI Terra Cotta Tile; VersaFine Smoky Gray; Watercolor medium:  ZIGs

Thursday, May 25, 2017

PTI May Blog Hop...

Hello!!  Stopping in with a card for today's PTI blog hop.  The inspiration photo is beautiful but I must admit that I really struggled with this one.  Tried several ideas last night, but came up with nothing.  After looking through the cards that have been posted I was finally able to come up with my card.  It is interesting to me how differently everyone sees the colors in the inspiration piece.  Me... I see blues and gray/greens in the leaves, as well as peach and a ruby red.  After trying a few different sets I finally went with PTI's Friendly Flowers.  I used PTI's Ocean Tides and MFT Cornflower for the leaves and Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe for the large flower and a Hero Arts red for the small flowers.  After stamping everything with my MISTI I added in the little dots with a small acrylic block and a little stamp that came with the set.  The sentiment was stamped in black and then I added dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew.  The panel was adhered to an Ocean Tides cardstock base.  Super simple and now I have another birthday card to add to my stash!!


Supplies:  Cardstock:  PTI white and Ocean Tides; Stamps: PTI; Dies:  A Jillian Vance Design; Inks:  PTI, Hero Arts and VersaFine; Nuvo Crystal Drops

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

it's wednesday... it must be ajvd...

Hello!!!  Wednesday is here, again, and that means I have a post up over on the AJVD blog.  Here is a little peek of my card.   Head on over for a look!!

Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

guesting at precious remembrance shop!

Hey friends!!  Popping in to let you know that I'm guesting over on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today!   I hope you will take the time to head over there for a look and to let me know what you think.  And don't forget... I have a giveaway going on.  You can win the PRS Coffee Love stamp set by leaving a comment on this post.

Monday, May 22, 2017

a card and a giveaway!

Happy Monday everyone!!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!   I'm popping in today with a card I made using the super cute Precious Remembrance Shop stamp set Coffee Love and to make things even more fun I get to give this stamp set away!!!  I know the Summer Coffee Lover's blog hop is just around the corner.  This stamp set would be perfect to have on hand for just that event!   A month or so ago I picked up a pad of paper from the Teresa Collins Gold Glam collection that was on clearance at Joann's and so I pulled that out to use to make my card.  I stamped the coffee cup image on some paper that had gold foil hearts on it and then trimmed it out.  All the papers in the pad are one sided so I was able to flip the paper over and stamp the cup lid and the little center portion.  I stamped the sentiment in light pink ink and then trimmed out the lid and piece and adhered them with pop dots.  I trimmed down another piece of paper from the pad that had these fun large polka dots. That was adhered to my card base along with a strip of gold glitter paper.  Finished with the little coffee cup.  Since I have glitter on this I'm going to add it to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge of a bit of sparkle.  I included a close up of the sentiment since it is a bit hard to see. 


Have a wonderful day!!  Please leave me a comment by Sunday, May 28th and I will pick a winner on Monday, May 29th. 

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, gold glitter; Patterned paper:  Teresa Collins; Stamps:  Precious Remembrance Shop; Ink:  VersaFine Smoky Gray

Sunday, May 21, 2017

hello...

Well... the weekend is almost over and we have had a beautiful one here in the Pacific Northwest.  The boys and I went out for a little adventure this afternoon and when I got back I finished up a card that I had started this morning for a few challenges:  MFT color challenge, CAS(E) this Sketch and Less is More (geometric).  For the geometric component of my card I pulled out the MFT Geometric Greenery stamp set and stamped three leaves on watercolor cardstock using VersaFine Smoky Gray.  I stamped the images using my mini MISTI so I could get a nice dark gray color similar to the MFT Steel Gray from the color palette.   The leaves were then colored in a light pink, dark pink and orange using my ZIG clean color markers and clean water.  Let them dry and then die cut with the matching dies.  The hello was die cut from a dark gray cardstock three times and then adhered together.  I watercolored each color on a panel of watercolor paper using the same ZIG markers.  Once the panel was mostly dry I adhered the leaves and the sentiment.  I wanted to use enamel dots in the same colors, but only had the orange and dark pink!   My attempt to find sequins to match was even worse!  So I just went with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew.


Have a wonderful week!!

Supplies:  Cardstock:  white, Ranger watercolor; Stamps and dies:  My Favorite Things; Ink:  VersaFine Smoky Gray; Watercolor medium:  ZIG Clean Color markers; Nuvo Crystal Drops


Friday, May 19, 2017

a butterfly birthday card...

Hope your week is going well!!  I have a card to share for a few challenges:  Color Throwdown, Freshly Made Sketches and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.   If you are like me (and I think you are, lol!) you have lots and lots of stamps and dies that aren't getting much love.   Based on that realization I decided to go through my large collection of Stampin Up! set and use one to create my card.  The stamp set I went with is the beautiful Watercolor Wings set.  Using my mini MISTI I was able to stamp my butterfly perfectly using the Color Throwdown colors.  The butterfly was then die cut with the matching die.  Since the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is to have some sparkle on your project I brushed on Stickles in Crystal to select parts of the butterfly.  (To see the sparkle better click on the photo to enlarge it.)  I did a little bit of quick watercoloring using ZIGs in the three colors from the CT palette on a panel of watercolor cardstock.  Once the panel was dry it was trimmed down and cut into two pieces per the FMS layout.  The sentiment is from another Stampin Up! set (Backyard Basics) and was stamped in VersaFine Smoky Gray.  The pieces were adhered with foam dimensionals and the butterfly with multi matte medium.   Now I have another sweet and simple birthday card to add to my stash.

Have a wonderful day!!

Supplies:  white cardstock, watercolor cardstock; Stamps:  Stampin Up!; Inks:  Stampin Up! and Memento; Ranger Crystal Stickles; ZIGs Clean Color markers